10th Annual Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference




The purpose of the Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference is to make quality continuing education accessible locally and affordably to behavioral health providers and researchers about the practice issues involved in working with rural people and communities.


WHEN -- Friday, October 5, 2018

THEME -- This year’s theme centers on Promoting Resilience in Rural FamiliesWe encourage presentations that uphold our mission, are based on evidence-based practices, and promote clinical tools and practical skills through the lens of family and rurality. For the purposes of the conference, family may include rural children, adolescents, and elders in addition to the family unit. Examples of presentations might include:
  • The impact of and treatment of opioid addiction
  • Trauma based diagnosis and treatment
  • Ethics and Multiple Relationships
  • Suicide Assessment and Treatment
- This is a webcast conference. Due to the growth of the conference, the platform and format of the webcast conference is in the process of being finalized.

- With the exception of one 2-hour Keynote presenter, the length of presentations will be 90 minutes. This includes 15 minutes of Q&A.

- Due to webcasting across six time zones, we will ask two presenters to present at both the beginning and toward the end of the conference.

- After a presentation is accepted, we will need a professional photograph and a short bio.

- All presenters will need to send Power Points and other handouts at least 3 weeks before the conference, by Friday, September 14, 2018.

- Presenters will receive free conference registration and CE credit, as well as a $100 honorarium/presentation (double for the two repeat presenters).

Presentation proposal deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018.

Submit presentation proposal: 2018 Rural Conference Presentation Proposal Submission Form

Questions? Please contact Conference Coordinator Jon Aligada at jonathan.aligada@sanfordhealth.org.


Poster presentation proposal deadline is Sunday, July 1, 2018.

We encourage posters that report scientific studies on any aspect of rural behavioral health. We invite both students and professionals to submit posters.

Studies may be submitted in advance of final data collection and analysis, provided that method and types of data and planned analysis are described in the descriptive statement, with the understanding that, if there is not at least preliminary data to present by September 14, 2018, posters will be withdrawn. Conference participants will vote for the best poster with a student first author/principal presenter (interns and post-docs qualify as students). The first author of the student poster with the most votes will receive a certificate and award of $25.

This is a webcast conference. Poster presenters will only need to present virtually. The poster must be sent in PowerPoint format of up to 12 slides at least 3 weeks before the conference, by September 14, 2018. Include audio narration in your poster file (ask Conference Coordinator if you are unsure how to add this to Power Point).

Poster presentations will be limited to a maximum of 8 minutes, but are usually shorter. At least one author/poster presenter must be available for discussion by telephone and email during the poster session.

One presenter of each poster, determined by the first author, will receive free conference registration and CE credit.

Submit poster proposal: 2018 Rural Conference Poster Proposal Submission Form

Questions or submission difficulties: Contact Jon Aligada, PsyD, LP, Conference Coordinator, at jonathan.aligada@sanfordhealth.org or 218-396-0989

Contact the Conference Coordinator Jon Aligada at jonathan.aligada@sanfordhealth.org with questions.

MPA Event Refund Policy:  A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written or emailed cancellation is received at least five working days before the scheduled program begins. No refund will be given after September 28.


Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.